I have a 1 1/2 year old 13 lbs chihuahua mix. She has a long story and I need help so here it is. She has been plagued with various ailments since we acquired her. After a couple months of raw feet and hairless patches on her body I took her to see an allergist/dermatologist. We did a food elimination diet and determined she was severely allergic to chicken, rice, and wheat; somewhat allergic to eggs, dairy, and fish in higher quantities. She has been eating cooked pork, 5-10% cooked liver, 15-20% pureed sweet potatoes with skin on, 15-20% raw beef, and every other day she gets half a sardine or canned salmon. She eats no bone but I supplement with calcium. She takes a glucosamine/chondroitin/msn supplement because she has bad knees. We recently started her on a wild salmon oil because my vet said she needed it also. He also told me that she’s not eating a balanced diet so she also needs a multivitamin. So I ordered one from b-naturals. I don’t know what else I can do for balance her diet out. My other half says we cannot feed her raw or bones. Help, please and thanks in advance!!
What you’re doing sounds pretty good. Did your vet help you get the right amount of calcium? You could try for a greater variety of veggies and check the multi that you got to make sure that it won’t throw off the amount of calcium you need to add.
Can she eat something like Hound and Gatos canned food? It has one protein and it is complete and balanced. Maybe she can have this a couple times a week. The recipe book Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats by Dr Becker/Beth Taylor has simple recipes and a recipe to make a vitamin mix that you can make in bulk to make the meals balanced and you can use bone meal for the calcium.
I am working on adding more veggies. She usually eats whatever I veggies I have with dinner also. She also steals the carrots from my horses. I am working on finding suppliers for various other meat sources. My vet was less then helpful, he referred me to balanceit.com. They want $100 to analyze what your feeding and then make a supplement for you. I am going off the amount that is recommended in Dr Beckers book, Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats.
The Hound and Gatos canned food sounds good but there isn’t a retailer close to me, but I can always order it online.
I also forgot to mention she gets some spriolina every other day..or when I remember too
What you’re doing sounds pretty good. The others have definitely given helpful advice – adding various veggies might help give her a boost of nutrients. I give my dogs raw eggs – straight from our hens, coconut oil, ground flax in their treats, fish oil, and multi-vitamins.
I added a carrot, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, and spinach puree this week along with some frozen blueberries.
I would love to give her eggs as I am over flowing with eggs from my hens but she is allergic to them.
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